Springers Mostly Steady in Unchartered Market Waters

Yearling heifers. ( Maureen Hanson )

When COVID-19-related shutdowns started in March 2020, University of Wisconsin Professor Emeritus Bob Cropp said the situation was like nothing he had seen before in his storied career as a dairy academician and economist. The coronavirus continues to churn dairy and other agricultural market waters, with unexpectedly high dairy commodity prices through the summer, followed by a much more tepid forecast for the remainder of the calendar year. In his most recent “Dairy Situation and Outlook” report, Cropp said, “until the coronavirus comes much more under control and things return more to normal, the demand for dairy products will be depressed.” With this gloomy backdrop, Holstein springer prices held relatively steady over the past month in most parts of the country. The exception was Pennsylvania, where springer values fell 20-30% since late July. Holstein heifer calf prices remain at near-record lows. 




Springing Heifers

 Heifer Calves

Location (sale date)



90-120 pounds

Turlock, Calif. (7-17-20)




Reedsville, Wis. (7-16-20)




Jerome, Idaho (7-22-20)



       No test

New Holland, Pa. (7-22-20)